The timing of a recent wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa seems particularly awful for a country struggling economically and politically. For outsiders looking on at a nation that provided so much hope after the end of apartheid, the riots...
Howard FrenchIn my @WPReview column this week, I wrote about South Africa's troubled and unfulfilled relations with its own continent, about China, and about a world that could have been.
Beijing is eager to exert cultural influence, but only a free society, in open conversation with itself, can create global aspirations.
Howard FrenchFor all its newfound economic and military strength, China doesn’t have a clue about how to challenge the West’s dominance in every realm of popular culture. wsj.com/articles/china… via @WSJ
Pierre Mambele was never credited with telling the story of Congo's never-e...
Howard FrenchA lovely obituary for a man who saved my life more than once, and who taught me so much about the world and about human nature. "Pierre Mambele: The man behind the wheel of Congo's news"
African countries running up debt they won't be able to pay back, including...
Howard FrenchThis has an awful and probably diplomatically counterproductive ring to it. But there is a real and complex issue here present since China's biz push began on the continent involving preferential creditors. "Don't expect debt relief, US warns Africa"